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JanuaryPALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
An annual event focusing on cinematic styles & accomplishments. Five days of premieres and celebrities.
Contact: (619) 322-2930 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade
The main attraction is the flowery floats, but the marching bands and equestrian units are stellar, too.
Contact: (626) 449-4100
www.tournamentofroses.com Rose Bowl Game - Tournament of Roses
Showcases the best of collegiate football when the two top-ranked teams battle it out for the National Championship.
Contact: (626) 449-4100
FebruaryLos Alamitos Annual 10K Run/5K Run - Los Alamitos
The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers, but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community.
MarchReturn of the Swallows Festivities - San Juan Capistrano
Welcoming the annual return of the swallows from their winter home in Argentina. This world renown event includes 3 weeks of celebration - parades, mercado, hoosegow day, and much more. Festival of Whales - Dana Point Harbor
It's time for the whales to make their annual trip down south and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will celebrate with their 9th Annual Street Fair, which is part of the 29th Whale Festival with a weekend of fun, food, entertainment and an arts & craft show with over 100 vendors.
Phone: 949-496-5794 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Newport Beach
More than 600 boats race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico
Contact: 714-834-6106 San Jose Arts Festival
More than 170 contemporary craft and fine arts exhibitors gather at the McEnery Convention Center for a juried show. Shoppers find works in all price ranges.
Contact: (408) 295-9600
AprilPasadena Spring Fine Art & Crafts Fair
An art lover's paradise with an international food court, children's art area and entertainment.
Contact: (626) 797-6803
MayDoheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
Performances from top Blues, Rock and R & B musicians. Waterfront grass park with two stages at opposite ends of the venue. Art & Craft vendors, memorabilia, and eclectic displays. Food Court with various restaurants and beverages of all type
Contact: 949-360-7800 Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history
Phone: 714-638-0981 Nikkei Matsuri
Among the three remaining Japantown communities in the U.S., San Jose celebrates Japanese American heritage at the annual Nikkei Matsuri, featuring handmade crafts, performing arts and food.
Contact: (408) 241-0900 Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival
San Jose’s Cinco de Mayo includes a downtown Market Street parade heading south to Cesar Chavez Plaza. The Outdoor Fiesta at Guadalupe River Park features Banda, Salsa, Tex-Mex and Latino Sounds. The Battle of Puebla, known as Cinco de Mayo, is commemorated.
Contact (408) 288-9470 National Orange Show - San Bernadino
An annual event since 1911, featuring exhibits, entertainment, contests, animals and carnival. National Orange Show grounds, 689 South "E" Street, San Bernardino.
For information, call (909) 888-6788.
Web site: www.nationalorangeshow.com Calico Spring Festival - Yermo
Annual festival. Come for the old time music, chili and stew cook-off. Calico Ghost Town, Yermo.
Contact: (800) TO-CALICO. Web site: www.calicotown.com
JuneCherry Festival - Cherry Valley
Features arts and crafts, carnival rides, food and dancing. Each June, throughout Beaumont, off I-10 at the junction of Highway 60, Cherry Valley.
Contact: (909) 845-9541. Huck Finn's Jubilee - Victorville
Features catfish derby, bluegrass and country music and clogging. Held each Father's Day weekend, Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville.
Contact: (760) 245-2226 Annual Open Sky Music Festival - Big Bear Lake
Heritage Music In the Mountains” has been the festival’s theme with music spanning blues, folk and jazz. Whaler Pointe Lakeside Park, Big Bear Lake.
Contact: (626) 355-9201. Web site: www.openskyfestival.com.
JulyThe Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
The 110th annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.
Contact: 714-708-FAIR Ext. 3247 Art-A-Fair - Laguna Beach
The Art-A-Fair Festival is a community of artists which gathers every summer in Laguna Beach for what has become Southern California's fastest growing art festival. San Bernardino County Fair Annual fair features everything from prize pigs to proud peacocks and concerts. Late July through early August, San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Street, Victorville.
Contact (760) 951-2200.
Web site: www.sbcfair.com
Old Pasadena Jazz Fest
A full day of family fun, food and entertainment. Enjoy a Barbeque Festival Food Court, a spirited performance by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and a spectacular 30-minute fireworks show.
Contact: (626) 577-3100
SeptemberAnnual Taste of Newport - Newport Beach
The Taste of Newport is a three-day festival drawing over 75,000 people with over 30 restaurants, 15 wineries, rich tasting brews, flavorful drinks and top notch live entertainment. The Taste is truly Newport Beach's social event of the year!
Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island in Newport Beach Annual Sandcastle Contest - Corona Del Mar
A popular tradition in our community for 40 years, the Sandcastle contest draws participants of all levels and experience to build creations on the beach. Awards are given by a panel of judges. A fun day for everyone! Some very incredible creations are made! Held at Big Corona State Beach
Contact: 949-729-4400 Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
At the Marine Institute: Sea Chantey Concert, maritime exhibits and demonstrations, Port Royal Privateers encampment, model boat building, wood carving, touch tank encounters, rope challenge course, crafts and food.
Contact: 949-496-2274 Labor Day Family Picnic - Yorba Linda
Huge family picnic on Sunday and Monday during the Labor Day weekend. Games, chalk art activities and dancing to live music are some of the items scheduled. The events are free with admission.
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Contact: 714-993-5075 Doheny Days - Dana Point
The two-day World Music & International Food festival will feature: Top musicians from the genres of Reggae and world-beat music, Art & Craft vendors, environmental exhibits and sponsor display, an International Food Court with various ethnic foods and beverages. A festive concert atmosphere just steps away from the beach
Contact: 949-360-7800 Pop Secret 500 - Fontana
NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series West Coast show returns to Fontana at the California Speedway during Labor Day weekend for a night race.
For tickets and information, call (800) 944-7223. Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Highlights independent feature-length films, student films, short films, family films, documentaries and digital films. Juried awards, Audience awards and the Shirley Jones Family Film award are presented at the end of the festival. Mid-September, Big Bear Lake.
Contact(909) 866-6362. Web site: www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com Bluegrass Festival
Annual Labor Day weekend bluegrass festival. Yucaipa Regional Park.
Contact (909) 790-3127. Route 66 Rendezvous - San Bernadino
Experience the Route 66 Rendezvous® and be a part of the largest classic car show and cruisin' event on the West Coast. More than 2,400 vehicles and 500,000 spectators come together for four days and three nights, covering 30 blocks full of live music, vendors, food and family fun in downtown San Bernardino. Always the third weekend of September.
Contact: (909) 889-3980. Web site: route-66.org
OctoberOktoberfest at Old World Village - Huntington Beach
Old World Village, a replica of a Bavarian town, sponsors this annual event. Food, fun, drink, and an oompah-pa band direct from Germany plays every Wed.-Sun. This event includes various activities in celebration of the Harvest Season. Wed./Thurs. 6:30-10pm. Fri./Sat. 6:30pm-1am. Sun. 2-6pm.
Contact: 714-895-8020 Vintage at the Mission - San Juan Capistrano
An annual celebration produced by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the return of its famous, small swallows to their winter home in Goya, Argentina. Includes dancing, entertainment, dining and wine tasting.
DecemberSan Bernardino Annual Christmas Parade.
This wonderful family parade is sure to please.
For information, call (909) 384-5133 Newport Beach Harbor Christmas Parade of Lights.
Christmas Boat Parada along the bay front on Balboa Island
December thru April - San Mateo Coastside - Elephant Seals Mate and Breed
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